Authorities in the Japanese city of Sapporo have decided to abandon their bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, Kyodo news agency reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.
As previously mentioned, this decision was made against the backdrop of the corruption scandals surrounding the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which influenced public opinion about the Games.
Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto declined to confirm the news on Friday, saying he would meet with Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita in Tokyo on Oct. 11 to “discuss how to proceed.”
According to media reports, support for the idea of hosting the Olympics in Japan has declined.
Sapporo, which hosted the 1972 Winter Games, could bid to host the 2034 Olympics.
Sweden and Vancouver (Canada) had previously announced that they wanted to apply for the 2030 Olympic Games.